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Can the weather make you sick?

Updated on March 25, 2011

Cold, hot or humid

Weather forecast and body pains are thriving with each other. It is our folks wisdom that when the weather changes, the inner parts of our bodies adjust, creak and groan like old houses.

My experience told me that the scars of the flesh where my appendix was removed will begin to tingle becomes itchy but sometimes a little painful when the weather temperature drops. (The Weather Identification Handbook is a good source of information for weather neophytes,like me.)

Nowadays, the weather-health connection is getting a fresh deliberation in a field called human biometeorology, the study of how weather affects our bodies. Many of us are “weather sensitive” that we experience the symptoms or the repercussion of our body’s existing condition when the weather changes.

For more clarification about this matter, we can check for weather-related aches and pains. Although it serves more as a support group, it is also geared to people who have chronic afflictions such as rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and migraines. The site’s “Aches and Pains 101” primer shows attempts to link ailments with specific weather conditions.

1) Migraines – have been linked to cold, dry weather, though almost any weather change can be a problem.

2) Sinus headaches-have been associated with damp, cold weather, but recent study has shown that people actually have migraines.

3) Arthritis-some swear there’s a link to weather changes, but several studies never conclude the correlation for the past 20 years.

You can type your ZIP code on and you get the “ouch factor,” from one to ten, of your local weather. It’s up to you to believe the issues on horoscope-like aches and pains forecast being presented at the site.

You can also check for you “impairment factor.”

More and more weather forecast advisories are including other factors aside from the usual weather conditions. In German television, a storm forecast will also include alerts on migraines, strokes, heart attacks and accidents. Asthma attacks are also included in the US weather reports, usually during the month of October. Pollution has a greater impact in the spring and summer, while pollen and other airborne particles during the fall.

U.K. is already implementing the program Forecasting the Nation’s Health, using hospital and weather data to predict what type of patients are likely to show up at the hospital. For example, a drop in temperature will trigger heart attacks and respiratory ailments.


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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Extreme weather conditions are very much apparent these days. I chose to live in the countryside rather than in the city. My tolerance on pollution is very low so, it'

      s still good to enjoy my life having a simple one back in the farm.

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      Fluffy77 6 years ago from Enterprise, OR

      I and many of those I love and care for are weather sensitive people, I feel blessed to live in the times we do. With more knowledge about S.A.D.D. or seasonal effectiveness disorder and everything it can put it's suffers through. Plus, many other weather related health problems, we are more informed than we used to be today. Another great HUB! Keep writing.

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @bacville and crystolite:THanks for gracing this hub.

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      Nice article.Yeah,too much of a hot weather can make very sick and unattractive.

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      bacville 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Oftentimes, the weather affects ourr well being. Thanks for this hub.

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      Deborah Waring 8 years ago from Lancashire U.K.

      Sunshine increases are levels of vitamin D.We need ideally upto 2hours of sunlight per day to give us the benefit of vitamin D which is essential for people who suffer from S.A.D.and so a combination of exercise which increases the endorphins our chemical feel good factor hormones by a brisk 10-20 minute walk each day will do you good and help improve your immune system.During the winter months when there is less daylight you can boost your vitD levels by eating fish produce/milk/eggs or taking omega3 fish oil supplements.Use of light boxes can also help too.

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      Ireno Alcala 8 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      U.K is pioneering on the effects of the weather forecast in our health.Really, sunshine can make our day bright, and our moods, too.

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      Deborah Waring 8 years ago from Lancashire U.K.

      I agree with your well written article.I am extremely sensitive to damp cold weather and it tends to trigger sinusitis.I think it is also due to the two extremes of having the central heating on(very drying and dehydrating for nasal cavity) to the outdoors here in England being very damp during the winter months!I am also aware of a lot of people being affected by S.A.D.(seasonal affected disorder) due to lack of sunlight vitamin D and this can cause depressive mood and lethergy.I look forward to the crisp dry cold days when the sky is blue and you can get wrapped up and have a good walk and enjoy the beautiful countryside we have here in Lancashire U.K.